When you’ve got a good thing going, you stick with it. Such is the case for Colin Farrell and Yorgos Lanthimos, who are teaming up again for “The Killing of a Sacred Deer.”
The duo first worked on “The Lobster,” which wowed critics at last year’s Cannes Film Festival where it competed for the Palme d’Or prize and ultimately won the Jury Prize. The film went on to impress critics everywhere – it currently sits at a pretty 92 percent on the aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes – and has accumulated praise for Farrell, who stars with Rachel Weisz. Variety calls it, “A wickedly funny protest against societal preference for nuclear coupledom that escalates, by its own sly logic, into a love story of profound tenderness and originality.”
Now, Farrell and Lanthimos have found their next project in the intriguingly named “The Killing of a Sacred Deer.” The film is a psychological thriller and revenge tale that is inspired by a tragedy of Euripides, one of classical Athens’ great tragic dramatists. More specifically, according to Variety, the film follows “Steven, a charismatic surgeon and a teenage boy who seeks to integrate him into his broken family. When the boy’s actions become increasingly sinister, Steven’s ideal life starts to fall apart and he is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice.”
Lanthimos is co-writing with Efthymis Filippou (“The Lobster”), with powerhouse company A24 nailing the domestic rights to the film.
Lanthimos is also directing the period drama “The Favourite” with Emma Stone, Kate Winslet and Olivia Colman set to star.
“The Killing of a Sacred Deer” is expected to start filming in August.